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Fall 2007

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical Engineering • 204 Woolf Hall • Box 19023 • 817-272-2561 • www.uta.edu/engineering/mae
Aerospace Engineering • 211 Woolf Hall • Box 19018 • 817-272-2603 • www.uta.edu/engineering/mae
Degree RequirementsFacultyCourse Descriptions

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) offers three programs of study leading to the bachelor’s degree. They are the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a double degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE)

Rapid advances in aerospace systems require the successful aerospace engineer to develop new concepts and bring them into reality as reliable, competitive, and environmentally acceptable products. Successful completion of a balanced study of basic science and engineering topics, further balanced by humanities, will ensure that graduates are well prepared to tackle tomorrow’s problems. The curriculum covers the four broad areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, flight mechanics, and structures, supplemented by appropriate laboratory experiences. The culmination of the curriculum is a vehicle design project. Students may broaden their education by choosing elective courses in a secondary field of interest or by taking a second bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

The mechanical engineer needs to be extremely versatile and can be found in a large variety of private and public sector organizations. He or she may be involved in product design and development, manufacturing, project management, power generation or other operations. Therefore, the mechanical engineering curriculum is broad-based and emphasizes fundamental engineering sciences and applications. Approximately equal emphasis is given to machine design, structural analysis, thermodynamics and energy, systems and control, and materials science. Classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratories. The student completes a capstone design project as the culmination of the undergraduate program.

Second Degree

The MAE Department offers a dual degree program for students who want to enhance their skills and broaden their future opportunities.

A person who completes all requirements for the BSAE can qualify for a second degree in mechanical engineering by taking appropriate courses. Similarly, a person who completes all requirements for the BSME can qualify for a second degree in aerospace engineering by taking appropriate courses. Alternatively, a student wishing to obtain a double degree can integrate all the courses for the double degree requirement throughout his/her undergraduate career at UT Arlington. The student is encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor on the appropriate course of study.

Admission

For admission to the aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and mechanical and aerospace engineering programs, all students must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Engineering. A grade point average of 2.25 in science, mathematics and engineering courses is required for unconditional transfer into the department.

Advising

During each long semester, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department conducts a pre-enrollment advising week*, coordinated through the College of Engineering. Returning students (i.e., students who are or have previously been students at The University of Texas at Arlington) shall meet with their assigned advisors during advising week and complete a Registration Advising Form. Returning students who are unable to be present for advising during advising week should contact their advisors at the earliest opportunity. New students may receive pre-enrollment advising in the department office during late registration or the preceding week.

*See Advising in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.

Goal of the Undergraduate Program

The overall goal of the undergraduate program is to provide the graduate an educational background for lifelong learning and the ability to assume a leadership role in the mechanical or aerospace engineering professions. The programs are broad-based and designed to provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering science; technical competence in multiple areas of mechanical or aerospace engineering practice; and an understanding of the importance of ethics, safety, professionalism, and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems.

Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes of the Mechanical and Aerospace Degree Programs

Educational Objectives

An essential purpose of the MAE degree programs is to provide educational programs that will prepare graduates to excel within the broad scope of the engineering profession. Therefore, the MAE programs put forth the following educational objectives.

To instill in the graduate:

Program Outcomes

MAE program outcomes established to accomplish the educational objectives are as follows.

The MAE program offers broad technical backgrounds for students who may choose other engineering fields for advanced study.

Other Provisions

Refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for information concerning the following topics: Preparation in High School for Admission to the College of Engineering, Admission to the College of Engineering, Admission to the Professional Program, Counseling, College of Engineering Academic Regulations, Transfer Policies, College of Engineering Probation, Repeating Course Policy, Academic Honesty and Modern and Classical Languages Requirement.

Requirements for advancement into the Professional Program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are in accordance with those in the College of Engineering with the added stipulation that:

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering

Pre-Professional Courses

(All pre-professional courses must be completed before enrolling in professional courses.)

Mathematics

1426, 2425, 2326, 3330.

Natural Science

CHEM 1441; PHYS 1443, 1444.

Design Graphics

1350.

Electrical Engineering

2320.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1104, 1105, 1312, 2301, 2312, 2321, 2323, 2360, 2381, 3309, 3360.

English

1301, 1302.

General Education Courses

English Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing. For AE majors, COMS 3302 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

Fine Arts*

Three hours from architecture, art, music, or theatre arts. For engineering majors, acceptable electives may vary by program.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics. For aerospace engineering majors, this University requirement must be met by taking ECON 2305.

History

1311, 1312.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Professional Courses

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

3181, 3182, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3405, 3315, 3316, 4310, 4321, 4350, 4351.

Technical Electives**

Six hours in engineering, science, or mathematics (3000 level or higher).

Total (Pre-Professional Courses)***

67 hours.

Total (General Education Courses)

24 hours.

Total (Professional Courses)

39 hours.

Total (for degree)***

130 hours.

*A list of acceptable electives is available in the departmental office.

**Technical electives must be approved in advance by the student’s academic advisor. See also “Technical Elective Selection” below.

***Total hours will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, students who do not have two units of high school foreign language will be required to take six hours of modern and classical languages courses in addition to the previously listed requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

This course sequence assumes that the student is qualified to start with CHEM 1441, PHYS 1443, MATH 1426.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1426; CHEM 1441; PHYS 1443; MAE 1104, MAE 1105—Total Credit 17 hours.

Spring Semester: ENGL 1302; MATH 2425; DG 1350; PHYS 1444; MAE 1312—Total Credit 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester: MAE 2301; MATH 2326; MATH 3330; MAE 2360; MAE 2323; MAE 2321—Total Credit 18 hours.

Spring Semester: MAE 2381; MAE 2312; EE 2320; MAE 3360; MAE 3309—Total Credit 15 hours.

Junior Year

Fall Semester: MAE 3302; MAE 3304; MAE 3315; MAE 3181; HIST 1311; COMS 3302—Total Credit 16 hours.

Spring Semester: MAE 3303; MAE 3405; MAE 3316; MAE 3182; HIST 1312; POLS 2311—Total Credit 17 hours.

Senior Year

Fall Semester: MAE 4350; MAE 4321; MAE 4310; *Technical Elective, 3 hours; POLS 2312—Total Credit 15 hours.

Spring Semester: MAE 4351; ECON 2305; *Technical Elective, 3 hours; Fine Arts Elective, 3 hours; English Literature, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

*See "Technical Elective Selection" below.

Minor in Aerospace Engineering

A minor in Aerospace Engineering consists of the following courses: MAE 2301, 2312, 3302, 3304, 3405 and 3315.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Pre-Professional Courses

(All pre-professional courses must be completed before enrolling in professional courses)

Mathematics

1426, 2425, 2326, 3330.

Natural Science

CHEM 1441; PHYS 1443, 1444.

Design Graphics

1350.

Electrical Engineering

2320.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1104, 1105, 1312, 2312, 2321, 2323, 2360, 2381, 3310, 3360.

English

1301, 1302.

General Education Courses

Two out of eight of these courses are considered part of the pre-professional program.

English Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing above the freshman level. For ME majors COMS 3302 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

Fine Arts*

Three hours from architecture, art, music, or theatre arts. For engineering majors, acceptable electives vary by program.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, or linguistics. For majors in mechanical engineering this University requirement must be met by taking ECON 2305.

History

1311, 1312.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Professional Courses

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2314, 3121, 3183, 3311, 3314, 3318, 3319, 3321, 3242, 3344, 4188, 4287, 4310, 4342, 4344.

Technical Electives**

Six hours in engineering, science or mathematics (3000 level or higher).

Pre-Professional Total***

64 hours.

General Education Total

24 hours (six of which are included in pre-engineering).

Professional Total

43 hours.

Total (for degree)***

131 hours.

*A list of acceptable electives is available in the departmental office.

**Technical electives must be approved in advance by the student’s academic advisor. See also "Technical Elective Selection" below.

***Total hours will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, students who do not have two units of high school foreign language will be required to take six hours of modern and classical languages courses in addition to the previously listed requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence (Pre-Professional Program)

This course sequence assumes that the student is qualified to start with CHEM 1441, PHYS 1443, MATH 1426.

Freshman Year

First Semester: MAE 1104; MAE 1105; CHEM 1441; ENGL 1301; MATH 1426; PHYS 1443—Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: MAE 1312; DG 1350; ENGL 1302; MATH 2425; PHYS 1444—Total Credit 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: MATH 3330; MAE 2321; MAE 2323; HIST 1311; MAE 2312; MATH 2326—Total Credit 18 hours.

Second Semester: MAE 2381; EE 2320; MAE 3310; MAE 2360; HIST 1312; MAE 3360—Total Credit 18 hours.

Suggested Course Sequence (Professional Program)

Junior Year

First Semester: MAE 2314; MAE 3121; MAE 3311; MAE 3242; MAE 3321; COMS 3302—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: MAE 3314; MAE 3318; MAE 3319; POLS 2311; MAE 3344—Total Credit 15 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: MAE 4287; MAE 4342; MAE 4344; POLS 2312; MAE 3183; *Technical Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: MAE 4188; MAE 4310; ECON 2305; English Literature, 3 hours; Fine Arts Elective, 3 hours; *Technical Elective, 3 hours—Total Credit 16 hours.

*See Technical Elective Selection below.

Minor in Mechanical Engineering

A minor requires at least 18 semester credit hours in mechanical engineering courses 3000 level or above.

Technical Elective Selection

Technical electives must be approved in advance by the student’s academic advisor. Normally, they are selected from among the senior elective 4000 level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Oral Communication and Computer Use Competency Requirements

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students will satisfy the Oral Competency requirement by completing COMS 3302, Professional and Technical Communications. They will satisfy the Computer Use Competency requirement by completing MAE 2360.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty

Interim Chair

Professor Wilson

Professors

Agonafer, Aswath, Chan, Goolsby, Haji-Sheikh, Hullender, Lawrence, Lu, Nomura, Seath, Wang, Woods, You

Associate Professors

Shiakolas, Tong

Assistant Professors

Chudoba, Dennis, Dogan, B. Han, Huang, Liu, Luo, Moon, Subbarao

Senior Lecturers

Z. Han, Kumar, Michael, Wimberly

Professors Emeritus

Anderson, Barker, Dalley, Fairchild, Jiles, Lawley, Payne, Wiseman, Woolf


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